paper, 32 p., $7.95
A 300-year-old tree in a forest is described in the course of this book. The roots that draw nourishment from the soil, the voles and mice in their underground homes and the life among the branches (birds and mammals) are illustrated (Christopher Canyon provides the color) and examined. The author uses a poetic style that appeals to some children in the text. This book, with its strong illustrations, can be a powerful educational tool in explaining the forest ecosystem to young people. The importance of forests is well documented and explained in this interesting story. The pictures certainly would appeal to the very young, while the text and illustrations would benefit 8- to 10- year olds the most.
— Jean E. Bedger